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Nizar Tarhuni

Senior Analyst

Nizar Tarhuni leads the research and data analyst groups at PitchBook. Having joined the team in 2014, he now oversees analyst coverage across private equity, M&A and venture capital, as well as emerging technology research.

Previously, Nizar served as PitchBook’s lead private equity analyst and launched the firm’s emerging technology coverage in 2015. He has been regularly featured in The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg and the Financial Times, among other outlets. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Linfield College.

Articles by Nizar Tarhuni

Our top research ideas & themes of 1Q 2018

Breaking down the primary private markets ideas and themes that emerged from PitchBook’s analyst team in 1Q 2018.

Our analyst team’s top ideas & themes of 2017

Breaking down the key 2017 themes and research ideas that emerged from PitchBook’s analyst team.

GP strategies, LP expectations and more: Sixpoint Partners on the latest trends in PE fundraising

We caught up with Eric Zoller of Sixpoint Partners to discuss today’s PE fundraising trends, including strategies GPs can employ to collect commitments, whether or not LPs should target lower returns in a high-multiple environment, and more.

Three of the biggest concerns for today’s IPO investor

We all know what the recent environment has been like in the Silicon Valley muddy fish bowl. Here are three of the biggest concerns for VC-backed companies looking to IPO.

Q&A: Sixpoint Partners’ Eric Zoller on the state of PE fundraising

PitchBook recently caught up with Sixpoint Partners co-founder and partner Eric Zoller for a Q&A on the state of private equity fundraising. The interview covers topics such as the challenges GPs are facing coming to market, a shift toward distressed opportunities, strategies in approaching different classes of LPs and more.

Mutual funds mark down unicorns. So what?

There’s been quite a storm set off with recent media reports covering the markdowns that Fidelity Investments has undertaken for private companies in its mutual funds. But the wrong picture may be getting painted to the public.

Comparing four PE giants

As the final third of 3Q approaches, we took a look at how four publicly traded PE giants—KKR, Blackstone, The Carlyle Group and Apollo—performed last quarter.

PE-backed take-private deals making a comeback

Historically, PE firms have completed around half of all take-private buyouts relative to strategic acquirers; however, deal data sourced from the PitchBook Platform shows that, in recent years, PE shops have completed a decreasing portion of these deals. But there has been an uptick thus far in 2015.

These PE shops have the shortest median holding periods

Historically, PE shops have typically displayed roughly five-year holding periods for their portfolio companies.

Top 8 PE add-on sponsors in healthcare in the last year

Using the PitchBook Platform, we found the PE firms that have made the most add-ons in the healthcare space over the past year.

VCs playing mobile gaming space

The mobile gaming sector has witnessed some of the most successful financings and exits in the last 5 years.

Will PE investments outperform the S&P 500 in 2015?

ACG New York recently announced the results of its Annual Middle Market Survey, which found that 73% of respondents believe PE investments will outperform the SP 500 in 2015.

Q&A: ACG NY’s Martin Okner on what 2015 holds for PE

We recently had a chance to sit down with Martin Okner, best known to us as Chairman of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) New York, to get his take on what private equity trends will emerge in 2015.

Do public markets affect PE deal volume in the U.S.?

It would make sense to conclude that a major decline in public markets can translate into a decline in private market investments; however, a correlation between the two appears to be limited, if not non-existent.